Steve and Kathy
MEET THE OWNERS
Smoke BBQ...it's not just about preparing food for customers! We prepare all our dishes just as we do for our family and friends. Using fresh, local, natural ingredients with our hardwood smoked meats makes the restaurant and catering services the best in the area.
The Walters have operated a catering business out of Smithfield since 2008 and as Kathy describes it, “the business has grown so we finally decided it was time to open a restaurant.” - Daily Press
CHEF & KITCHEN MANAGER
Chef Forrest Warren has been serving up plates of old school BBQ at SMOKE since 2012. His Southern cooking style has won acclaim from Southern Grit magazine, inclusion on “Best of Hampton Roads” lists, and top honors in a 2017 Virginia BBQ competition.
Warren’s beginnings were humble— after working his way up to head cook at Cheatham Annex Navy base, he went on to make Dean’s List at Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts, and embarked on a career influenced by his Appalachian family roots and high caliber French technique.